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Is Snoring Affecting Your Sleep?

Snoring Help by Tricia Woolfrey

Snoring can sound comical, but it isn’t funny being kept awake night after night and it can put a strain on your health and your relationship.  It is very difficult to feel loving towards someone who keeps you awake all night while they are enjoying blissful sleep.

There are two aspects to how snoring can affect sleep:  one is from the perspective of  the snorer and one is their unlucky bed companion.  Sometimes the snorer will wake themselves up, or suffer from sore throats.  Often, however, the snorer is completely unaware of the problem.  Not-so their partner.

Snoring can be defined as a coarse sound made by vibrations of the soft palate and other tissue in the mouth, nose & throat (upper airway). It is caused by turbulence inside the airway as you breathe.

If you are the snorer, there can be a number of physical reasons which are causing your snoring.  Often it is exacerbated by alcohol, weight, smoking or medication.  Other physical causes of snoring can vary from mispositioned jaw, blocked sinuses, allergies, deviated septum, polyps, the size or position of the tongue, or narrow airways. 

It is useful to have a wellness check to see if there are any underlying issues which are causing it and this can be arranged by calling 0845 130 0854 or visit the Self Help Resources website to find out more about Health Screening and Food Intolerance Testing or Asyra Pro.

Often, just changing your sleep position and/or losing weight will help to resolve the problem. Other remedies include stopping smoking, reducing your alcohol intake and treating allergies. Occasionally the problem can be rectified, with either a mouth guard, or through surgery, depending on the cause of the snoring.

If your partner snores and you find yourself staring at the ceiling night after night thinking murderous thoughts, the issue is more around your focus.  I remember living under a flight path for several years. Planes, including Concorde, would fly over every 3 minutes and we thought we would go crazy.  In time, we learned how to tune out and pause before resuming our conversation like nothing had happened.  You have also probably had the experience where you have a headache or a toothache, but some good news or a funny program on the TV, makes you forget all about it. These are all examples of changing focus.

So, instead of waiting for the snoring to start – which makes you hyper-sensitive to it – focus your attention on something else.  Self-hypnosis is a terrific way of doing this.  Self-hypnosis can be used simply to relax, or to get you to focus on something else – a change you want to make perhaps.  You might also want to think about having hypnotherapy with a professional who can help you to not notice the snoring so that you can enjoy a restful and restorative sleep. My book "An Inside Job" teaches you how to do this for yourself simply and effectively and even has a CD to guide your self-hypnosis practice.  Another option is to listen to a hypnosis recording such as Sleep Well which will ease you into relaxing sleep.

© Tricia Woolfrey 2014

Tricia Woolfrey is a hypnotherapist, coach, wellness practitioner and author based in Byfleet Village and Harley Street. www.yourempoweredself.co.uk. 0845 130 0854.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy for Health

Homeopathy has been in the press a lot lately with claims that homeopathic medicines are only a placebo and that any improvement in health resulting from homeopathic treatment is due to the placebo effect. What this kind of opinion ignores is that homeopathy can treat animals as successfully as it treats human (see some of the articles from “Homeopathy at Wellie Level”  (http://www.hawl.co.uk/homoeopathic-articles/) and farm animals in a herd are not known to respond to the placebo effect.

Why homeopathy can be the target of such claims is the fact that the starting point of any homeopathic treatment is a pill and pills are associated with conventional remedies. There is a huge difference however between the pills from the pharmaceutical companies which are laced with chemicals, and homeopathic pills which are sugar pills coated with a natural substance. This substance carries a healing energy which, as soon as it touches the mucous membrane of the mouth, triggers a reaction in the patient. It is this reaction that will bring about a cure or an improvement.

The benefit for us homeopaths is that our treatment comes in the simple form of a pill and members of the general public consulting a homeopath for treatment feel comfortable taking a pill as it is very much like taking a prescription medicine from their GP. They do not need to know that homeopathy is an energy medicine and they will get better just the same.

The drawback of this form of healing, however, is that it is open to sceptics trying to discredit it by likening homeopathic treatment to placebo because the homeopathic pills have no discernable chemical compounds in them… A bit like a chemist analysing a CD and deciding it is just a bit of plastic but missing out completely that in the right circumstances, this CD can play wonderful music.

The best way to observe homeopathy's effectiveness is to use homeopathic remedies to treat minor ailments.  Children in particular, because of their strong vitality, can respond extremely well and fast to homeopathic treatment. Anyone can self treat using homeopathic pills. Anyone should take an Arnica pill after a fall or an accident, Nux Vomica to prevent hangover or indigestion after a heavy meal, Ignatia when grieving the loss of someone dear.

Vinciane Ollington (www.completehomeopathy.co.uk) has been a Professional Homeopath since 2002. She practices from Ripley and is married with 3 children. In addition to seeing patients, she teaches how to self-prescribe homeopathic remedies for acute ailments. She also runs regular seminars for those interested in homeopathy and who want to know more about certain conditions and their treatments.

Cellular Health

Cellular Health by Tricia Woolfrey

Did you know that you have an estimated 10 trillion cells in your body?  They are the building blocks of your body and are the smallest part capable of processes that define life.  They are so tiny – you would need about 40 to stretch across the size of a full-stop, yet they are vital for human life.

The cells are responsible for:

  • Processing nutrients
  • Converting food into energy
  • Building your body’s structures
  • Carrying out specialised functions

Good health or bad health is often determined by the health of your cells.  All health starts at a cellular level and any disease can exist at this level years before you experience any symptoms.  Because your cells need nutrients, nutritional deficiency can lead to disease.  We are often told about Recommended Daily Amounts.  What we are not told is that this is the absolute minimum that the body needs.  This does not account for environmental or emotional stressors you may be suffering which deplete nutrients more quickly.  In addition, due to farming methods, and how we store and cook foods, your food is simply not as nutritious as it was years ago.

Some people are lucky enough to mistreat their bodies and get to live a long life.  But your health is not something you want to pay Russian Roulette with.  When you support your cells nutritionally, you protect yourself.

To perform their function well, they need specific nutrients so that they are recognised by other body cells as friend rather than foe.  When cells see each other as an enemy, this can cause autoimmune disorders such as psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus:

  • Amino acids which are derived from proteins
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Healthy carbohydrates
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Trace elements
  • Antioxidants to protect them from free radicals
  • Water

It is also helpful for cellular health to:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Manage negative stress

When your cells do not receive the nutrients they need, they become unhealthy and cannot communicate their messages to each other.  This leads to disease over time including cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and cancer.

When you are ill, conventional medicine will treat symptoms rather than causes and the medication offered may affect other body systems and create side effects which require yet further medication.

By taking care of yourself naturally, you are taking preventative action and helping your body to heal itself when you do have a health challenge.

So, eat healthily and make sure you use good quality supplements (food state) so that your body can absorb them, rather than the synthetic ones more easily found in the High Street.  As someone once said, there is no greater wealth than health.  For a health consultation contact Tricia Woolfrey on 0845 130 0854.

© Tricia Woolfrey 2012

Tricia Woolfrey is an integrative therapist, an advanced clinical hypnotherapist, master practitioner in NLP, nutritionist and author, and utilises bioenergetics to help you be the best you can be.  She has practices in Surrey and Harley Street, London.  She can be reached on 0845 130 0854 www.pw-hypnotherapy.co.uk.

How to Have a Stress Free Christmas

Sress Free Christmas

You may wonder why on earth I am writing about Christmas in November, but already the shops are streaming Christmas music, the shelves are full of gift ideas and, it seems, ‘tis already the season to be jolly.  If you don't start planning now, it will be too late to have a stress-free Christmas.  And we all know that Christmas can be a very stressful time. It’s the pressure of the family being together and everyone having unrealistic expectations. Many anticipate an idealised experience yet the reality can be more challenging.  It is a time to be realistic about what can be done to make it an enjoyable experience for everyone. Here are my tips to help you:

Planning is Key

Whatever you do, you need to plan Christmas well in advance to minimise the pressure.   This is where your time management and delegation skills are really useful.  Plan what to do and by when.  Just because this is the season of goodwill, doesn’t mean it all has to come from you!  Make it a team effort, in the spirit of goodwill.  Give everyone a job for the lead-up.  One person buys the groceries, another picks up the turkey, another organises the drinks, yet another arranges the tree, etc.  Make this the year that you teach people how to treat you – you are not the do-er of all things!  And, if you are one of those for whom Christmas just happens, do help out, you have no idea how hard it is to pull everything together alone.

Remember that a lot of things can be ordered on the internet – make the most of it and you save a lot of trudging around in the madness which is the Christmas crowds.

Avoiding Debt at Christmas

Budget how much you have to spend – and only what you can afford.  Christmas is about being with people you love, not about buying the most expensive present possible or having a table full to brimming with food which would feed the whole street.

Allocate how much of this budget can be spent on food and how much on presents.  Then allocate how much you will spend on each person.   Make a list of what you will buy each person and stick to it.  Sometimes the simplest presents are the best.  One of the nicest gifts I received were some hand-made biscuits beautifully packaged.   If funds are tight, consider making it a family rule that no present should exceed a nominal amount.  This can be really fun and will waken up those creative juices, avoid the family rivalry of who spent the most money and bring Christmas in line with what its really all about.

Now, make a food shopping list, and stick to it.  Many people waste a phenominal amount of food.  There’s no excuse to over-buy now as the shops are open almost every day so you can always pop out for extras.  And you don’t need every type of chocolate and every type of cheese and twelve deserts to choose from.  Moderation is key. It will help your waistline too!

The Good, The Family and the Ugly

For the actual day, delegate someone to keep the drinks topped up, another to make sure the CDs are changed regularly, a diplomat to defuse any arguments, a washing up team, someone to organise the party games and a kindly, patient soul to look after Great Uncle George.  In terms of organising the food, perhaps someone could bring a starter and someone else can bring the dessert.

You don’t have to be a hero – it’s your day too!  Involving everyone can really help develop a convivial family atmosphere if done in the right way.

High expectations often lead to disappointment and Christmas is renowned for family disputes.  Keep your Christmas sweet by being realistic about what to expect so that tiny spats don’t develop into full-blown rows.  If you see a row developing, use some diversionary tactics such as asking someone to help in the kitchen, or take the dog out for a walk or have a fun forfeit for each transgression of the peace.  The transgressor can then set the next forfeit so people know what to expect and it can be all part of the fun.

Perfect Balance

Allow yourself not to be perfect.  The most fun can be had by what goes wrong rather than what goes right.  Don’t take it all too seriously and you will enjoy it more.  Too many people suffer from sense of humour failure and this can really feed into family tensions.

Typically, we will see more of our family and more family members at Christmas than any other time of the year.  It can be pretty intense and it’s important to take some personal time out on your own.  Perhaps a leisurely bath, a walk, read a book, reflect on all the highlights of the  year.
Enjoy this season of goodwill by planning early for it.  Do you have any tips that can help others plan for their Christmas with more Merry and less stress?  Do share!

And may I take this opportunity of wishing you the best Christmas ever – it all starts now!

Warmest regards,
Tricia

PS  For gift ideas to help create positive change for the people you love, visit www.self-help-resources.co.uk.

© Tricia Woolfrey 2013

Tricia Woolfrey is an integrative therapist, an advanced clinical hypnotherapist, master practitioner in NLP, nutritionist and author, and utilises bioenergetics to help you be the best you can be.  She has practices in Surrey and Harley Street, London.  She can be reached on 0845 130 0854 www.pw-hypnotherapy.co.uk.

ME Awareness

ME Awareness

This is ME Awareness Week.  Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is often confused with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromylagia.  Whilst they share some symptoms, there are some important differences.

ME often follows a viral infection and, in my experience, the people who suffer with it the most are high achievers who tend to power through problems, not listening to their bodies when they want a rest.  Because they don’t listen to their bodies, their bodies just seize up and force the rest.

Symptoms include mental tiredness, physical pain, forgetfulness, confusion and feeling disoriented.  There are many, many more and the sufferer can be debilitated sometimes for years.

It’s important to look at the emotional and physical factors of the problem to enable the sufferer to get back to full health and approaches include building core energy, dealing with ambition, drive and perfectionist traits, working at a cellular level, balancing blood sugars and adrenals, and reviewing diet.

If you think you may be suffering from ME, why not try one of my latest MP3s to help build you up?  Overcome ME can really help.

In addition, it helps to see a naturopathic, integrative therapist. Call me to see how I could help you.  0845 130 0854.  Or visit http://www.self-help-resources.co.uk/Health_Screening_&_Food_Intolerance_Testing.htm for more information.

Symptoms and Causes of Depression

Symptoms and Causes of Depression

 

This week is Depression Awareness Week.

Depression feels like a hopeless place that you are trapped in.  It can feel as though the life has been sucked out of you.  Whether you are able to hide your depression from the outside world or not, you can’t hide it from yourself and, if not dealt with soon, can get worse as each day passes.

There are a number of symptoms which are used to diagnose depression.  If you have five or more on this list and at least one from the top two for two weeks, it is a sign that you may be depressed:

  1. Depressed mood most of the time
  2. Loss of pleasure or interest in things you would normally enjoy
  3. Loss of energy
  4. Eating more or less than usual
  5. Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  6. Poor concentration
  7. Restlessness or lethargy
  8. Feelings of worthlessness
  9. Guilt
  10. Hopelessness
  11. Withdrawal from relationships
  12. Suicidal thoughts

If you are suffering from suicidal thoughts or the symptoms are strong, you need to get medical help immediately.  Otherwise, there is plenty you can do to help yourself.  Depression can be caused by several factors:

  • Your thoughts (which create feelings).  If you are stuck in a negative thinking spiral then practicing positive thinking, as explained in the book Think Positive, Feel Good can make a huge difference to you.
  • Biochemical – this is the effect of what’s happening in your body.  Depression can be caused by malnutrition, absorption issues (where you are eating well but your body is not absorbing the nutrients effectively),  hormonal imbalance and a lack of the feel good chemicals such as serotonin.  The Asyra Pro is a bioresonence screening technology which can help to determine where there is imbalance and create balance for you.  A session will include a nutritional assessment to see what your body needs to get back into balance.
  • Lifestyle – depression can be triggered by an incident or a general feeling of overwhelm where you simply don’t feel in control any more.  It is often a result of other emotions which aren’t addressed such as anger, sadness, boredom,  guilt,  loneliness, stress and frustration.  When you acknowledge and deal with these emotions in a positive way, depression can be averted or diminished.  If you feel this may be you, why not book a consultation to see what can be done to help you?  An initial telephone consultation is free of charge and I can be reached on 0845 130 0854.
  • Spiritual – sometimes depression can be caused by a lack of purpose or meaning in your life.  If you feel that life is just the same-old-same-old, or that there is something missing, then finding some meaning can make all the difference.  This can be difficult to do on your own, especially if you are depressed, but there are tools and techniques in my book 21 Ways and 21 Days to the Life You Want.  Or working together may help you get there more quickly.

It certainly doesn’t help to have a loved one say “pull yourself together”.  But it can help to see a professional who can determine the cause and help you through it so you can start to enjoy life again.  Do call for a free telephone consultation on 0345 130 0854.  You don’t have to go through this alone.

© Tricia Woolfrey 2013

Tricia Woolfrey is an integrative therapist, an advanced clinical hypnotherapist, master practitioner in NLP, nutritionist and author, and utilises bioenergetics to help you be the best you can be.  She has practices in Surrey and Harley Street, London.  She can be reached on 0345 130 0854 www.yourempoweredself.co.uk.

How are you sleeping?

Insomnia HelpThis is National Sleep Awareness Week and, I wonder, how are you sleeping?  We all need regular sleep but, for some of us it just seems like an impossible dream – pun intended.  There are broad types of sleeping problems:

1.  Unable to get to sleep – this is often because of an active mind and worries or problems keep running through your brain.  Or it could be because of problems with your adrenal system.  Recently I had started to have a strong coffee a day and, not only was it difficult to get to sleep but my heart was pumping so hard I thought it wanted to jump out of my chest!  I have cut out the coffee (and remember, it was just one a day), and all is well again.  Clearly one or two a week is my limit.

2.  Keep waking in the night – this is often caused by problems with your bladder if you need to go to the loo each time.  Another possiblity is the worrying mind keeping you awake.  Or issues with your blood sugar, especially if you eat too many refined foods and too much caffeine. 

3.  Wake up in the early hours and can't get back to sleep – the time you wake up is important as, according to Chinese Medicine principles, each time has a particular meaning in terms of mind and body.  For example, if you regularly wake up at 4am, this is an indication that there may be a problem with your lungs or your large intestine.  Or it may mean that there are emotional components to the insomnia with grief, negativity, apathy and melancholy being likely causes.

4.  Sleep heavily and still find it difficult to wake up even though you've had the recommended eight hours.  This can be because of eating too much of the wrong kind of foods (not enough healthy food and far too much refined foods).  This can cause "foggy brain" too, so if you find your mind is very sluggish in the morning, make sure you book a health consultation. 

Nutritional deficiencies and hormonal imbalances can also affect your sleep.  Insomia can also be a symptom of a more serious problem such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ME or a thyroid problem.  If you have any concerns, why not book a health consultation so that you can be sure you are doing all the right things?  In the meantime, do email me for my free insomnia tips at tricia@pw-hypnotherapy.co.uk.  You might also want to check out my Sleep Well MP3 to help lull you into restful sleep.

Sweet dreams!

PS  If you have a snoring partner keeping you awake, you might want to check out the Snoring blog I wrote recently.

© Tricia Woolfrey 2013

Tricia Woolfrey is an integrative therapist, an advanced clinical hypnotherapist, master practitioner in NLP, nutritionist and author, and utilises bioenergetics to help you be the best you can be.  She has practices in Surrey and Harley Street, London.  She can be reached on 0845 130 0854 www.pw-hypnotherapy.co.uk.

Why do people self-harm?

Today is Self-Injury Awareness Day.  Why do people self-harm?  There can be a number of reasons, the main ones being as a distraction from the pain they are experiencing in their lives, as an outlet for the pain they are holding inside, as a way to feel because feeling emotions can seem to overwhelming, or as a cry for help. 

If you recognise this in yourself, it’s really important that you seek professional help.  You don’t have to be in this alone.  Why not call for a free telephone consultation to see how I could help you?  I can be reached on 0845 130 0854.

How Do You Know If You Have An Eating Disorder?

Eating Disorders by Tricia Woolfrey

This week is Eating Disorders Awareness week.  Eating disorders create misery for the sufferer and the people they care about.

An eating disorder can be defined as abnormal feeding habits associated with psychological factors.  These can cause extreme health problems and can create a strain on relationships.  Anyone with an eating disorder will have an excessive – and often distorted – focus on their weight and shape. This, in turn, results in extreme eating behaviours which are difficult to control.

There are various forms.  As a Master Practitioner for Eating Disorders, by far the most difficult one that I treat is the most well-known – Anorexia – as the sufferer is usually in denial about the effects of their condition, and is adept at manipulating their way out of eating.  Here is a quick overview of the most common eating disorders:

Anorexia:   Excessive restriction of calorie intake, yet obsessive and knowledgeable about food.  Will often employ excessive exercise as another way of burning calories.  Will be convinced of their “fatness” despite a skeletal frame.  May use vomiting, diuretics, or abuse laxatives or enemas as a way of keeping weight down, though these habits are very dangerous.  People suffering from anorexia will have a genuine fear of gaining weight. This condition is very troubling for relatives who despair at seeing their loved one disappear in front of their eyes. They will have a BMI of 17 or below and the condition can be fatal.
     
Bulimia:   Bulimics tend to binge and then make up for this by “purging”, either by the use of laxatives or by vomiting.  These methods are extremely dangerous, however, and must never be used as a way of managing weight. The bulimic’s weight will often be normal so the condition might be invisible to others, or they may experience fluctuations in weight.
     
Binge Eating:   Bingers have episodes of overeating which they tend to do secretly and alone.  They will suffer severe cravings and gorge vast amounts of food very quickly.

Other, less well-known eating disorders, include, but are not limited to, Night Eating Syndrome, Orthorexia and Selective Eating Disorder.

So, how do you know if you have a healthy relationship with food?  You will eat regularly, feel healthy, eat healthy food, eat until satisfied rather than over-stuffed, stop when you’ve had enough, feel in control of your eating, feel happy about what you eat, don’t gain weight, have weight within normal weight range, have pleasure and satisfaction from food yet feel neutral about it.  Your behaviour around food will be flexible and relaxed.

Eating disorders are notoriously difficult to treat and cause misery either to the sufferer and/or those close to them.  If you suspect that you, or someone you love, has an eating disorder, it is important to seek professional help sooner rather than later.  The longer you have an eating disorder, the longer it takes to overcome it.

Part of the treatment includes dealing with the emotional causes of the problem; change the person’s relationship with food; help to balance the body including regulation of blood sugar levels; help build self-esteem, increase assertiveness, manage stress levels and, last but by no means least, to feel good about themselves irrespective of weight.

We are not our weight and the media have an awful lot to answer for, though they are not the sole cause of these problems.  They do, however, feed (pun intended) our fragile body-image with digitally enhanced and surgically honed images.

If you have concerns about your weight or eating disorders, do give me a call to see how I can help you.  I can be reached on 0845 130 0854.

© Tricia Woolfrey 2013

Tricia Woolfrey is a hypnotherapist, coach, wellness practitioner and author based in Byfleet Village and Harley Street. She is a Master Practitioner of Eating Disorders and is qualified in advanced clinical hypnotherapy and psychotherapy, holistic nutrition and food intolerance testing.

www.pw-hypnotherapy.co.uk. 0845 130 0854.

Can You Prevent Cancer?

Cancer Care By Tricia Woolfrey

 

Today is World Cancer Day.  With cancer causing one in four of all deaths in the UK and one in three people likely to contract cancer in their lifetime, it makes sense to take preventative action to ensure that you don’t become a statistic yourself.

There are more than 200 types of cancer and causes range from lifestyle, genetics and environment.  Whilst nothing is guaranteed, there is a lot you can do to help safeguard yourself against this disease:

  • Eat organic food whenever possible – especially meat
  • Eat plenty of fibre
  • Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • Cancer feeds off sugar so keep your sugar intake to a minimum
  • Have a supplement program to make sure that your body is in tip-top condition
  • Enjoy regular exercise
  • Reduce your exposure to toxins such as pesticides found in non-organic food and parabens found in cosmetics and toiletries
  • With smoking causing almost 20% of all cancers, make sure you aren’t exposed to tobacco smoke
  • Keep your weight within a healthy range
  • Reduce your exposure to the sun and especially sunbeds
  • Keep your alcohol intake moderate
  • Manage stress – self hypnosis, effective problem solving techniques and EFT are great ways of doing this
  • Express your emotions constructively –bottling up emotions is toxic
  • Let go of negative emotions such as unforgiveness and anger
  • Practice meditation
  • Nurture loving and supportive relationships
  • Practice positive thinking
  • Have regular Asyra Pro assessments

It makes sense to take responsibility for your body and your health have an assessment to make sure you are in tip-top condition.  To celebrate World Cancer Day, I am offering a 25% discount if you book before the end of the week.  Call 0845 130 0854.

© Tricia Woolfrey 2012

Tricia Woolfrey is a hypnotherapist, coach, wellness practitioner and author based in Byfleet Village and Harley Street. www.pw-hypnotherapy.co.uk. 0845 130 0854.